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Learning to See: Darwin's Prophetic Apprenticeship on the Beagle Voyage

George Levine

in Darwin the Writer

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199608430
eISBN:
9780191731709
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608430.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter takes Darwin's experience on the Beagle as his apprenticeship for his visionary science, which grew out of that experience. It focuses on his extraordinary capacity to ‘see’, and the way ... More


Spenser's Giant and the New Science

Judith H. Anderson and Joan Pong Linton

in Go Figure: Energies, Forms, and Institutions in the Early Modern World

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780823233496
eISBN:
9780823241224
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823233496.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

New questions about the stability and intelligibility of the universe raised in the last quarter of the sixteenth century help us understand the particular form of the Giant's project and Artegall's ... More


The Accidental Doctor: Physics and Metaphysics in Robinson Crusoe

Christopher R. Miller

in Surprise: The Poetics of the Unexpected from Milton to Austen

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801453694
eISBN:
9780801455780
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801453694.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature

This chapter examines the poetics of surprise in Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. It considers surprise in relation to bourgeois individualism and the rise of industrial capitalism, Puritan traditions ... More


Celtic Myth, Folklore, and Historical Tradition

Joseph J. Duggan

in The Romances of Chretien de Troyes

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300083576
eISBN:
9780300133707
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300083576.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

This chapter shows how Chretien extensively draws upon myth, or narratives that function to explain events of fundamental import, such as natural phenomena or the foundation of social customs and ... More


The Gravity of Things

Mary Jacobus

in Romantic Things: A Tree, a Rock, a Cloud

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780226390666
eISBN:
9780226390680
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226390680.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Gravity and language are both material and immaterial entities all at once, entities that we are not so sure about how they work. A poet’s words, as Wordsworth puts it, should be weighed in the ... More


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